While Magill’s slider benefitted from finding the zone less, his curveball suffered by finding the zone more often. The pitch hit the zone 42.1% of the time (up from 34.2%) and batters hit it hard – 181 wRC+.
Magill’s fastball saw it’s highest SwStr% and O-Swing% to lead to the highest K% of his career (27.2%). He did struggle with the control of the pitch some, hitting the zone just 51.7% of the time, which led to a 13.2% BB%.
Magill’s slider increased in velocity for the second consecutive year, averaging 88.2. The pitch’s Zone% fell for the second consecutive year, but the results were positive – the IFFB% more than doubled to 42.9% and the pitch had a wRC+ of 35.
Magill relies overwhelmingly on his four-seamer as his primary pitch, which he goes to 60% of the time when he throws. The fastball has solid speed to it but has not been effective enough to pass as major league stuff. Hitters were able to put up a .820 OPS against the pitch last season which placed the pitch in the red in terms of pVal.
Magill could use more work on a cutter that hasn’t produced much value. Over the course of 37 plate appearances last year, the pitch was hit out of the park 3 times, good enough for a .559 SLG.
The go-to strikeout pitch in Magill’s arsenal, his curveball has a K rate near 50%. In addition, the pitch has an 18% whiff rate. Still, the pitch has its faults. When hitters did make contact, they were able to hit the ball hard enough to get a 44% LD%.
We don’t see much of Magill’s changeup which only makes up 3% of his pitches. With such a small sample size, it’s tough to say how good or bad the pitch really is, but it sure isn’t a good sign that over the course of his career the pitch has been a negative pVal pitch.